On Thursday June 11th, the North Carolina Senate version of the NC House Budget Bill (HB 117) was filed and included a number of changes from the original bill proposed by the NC House or Representatives. Among the changes are: lower personal income tax rates, a change in corporate taxes, a new formula for distributing sales tax revenue among counties, and a retooled jobs incentive program.
Remember, as of right now, all the changes are only proposed. You should, however, be aware of these changes and how they could affect you and/or your business.
New Sales Tax On Services:
The bill would broaden the sales tax base in order to help pay for new income tax cuts. Among the purchases facing sales taxes are: advertising, veterinary and pet care services, and repairs an maintenance work on personal property such as cars. Also this would mean that large non-profit organizations, such as hospitals, would lose a sales tax exemption.
Personal Income Tax Cuts:
The personal income tax rate would be cut from 5.75% to 5.5% beginning in 2016. The standard deduction would increase gradually over a four year period, meaning a married couple filing jointly wouldn’t owe taxes on the first $18,500 of income by 2020. A single person on the other hand wouldn’t owe taxes on the first $9,250 in income.
The bill proposes that over the next three years, the state would begin using the “single sales factor” formula for calculating corporate taxes. This means calculating the companies’ tax liability based entirely on sales instead of factoring in their payroll and property value.
Sales Tax Redistribution:
Included in the bill is a new distribution formula for allocating sales tax revenue among counties. Basically the state would distribute 20% of revenue based on where sales occur, and 80% would be based on the population of the county. This new version would allow counties to decide how to allocate revenue between their city and town governments.
The Job Development Investment Grant incentives would be capped under the new bill. This has been the state’s main job incentive program which has been out of money for months. The state could then offer up to $15 million each year and up to $30 million during a year in which the state lends a “high-yield project” bringing thousands of jobs.
Because House Bill 117 has already cleared the House, changes can no longer be made in public meetings. Instead members of the House can only approve the version passed by the Senate OR vote it down. In the event that it is voted down, legislators from both chambers would work out a compromise.
If you have strong feelings about this bill, you are encouraged to contact your senators. The Senate is expected to begin voting on this bill this week! To find contact info for your local representatives, please click here!
If you have questions about how budget bill 117 will affect you – reach out to LBA Haynes Strand today. Our team will be happy to walk you through the proposed changes and how they will affect you!